The Boy King: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation / Edition 1

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Diarmaid MacCulloch illuminates the significance of Edward's turbulent and neglected reign. He takes a fresh look at the life and beliefs of the young king and of the ruthless politicians who jostled for power around him. He analyzes the single-minded strategy of the Protestant Revolution and assesses the support it had among the people of England.

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Editorial Reviews

MacCulloch's enviable ease in unraveling complex theolog ical and political positions... make this a formidable achieve ment. A dramatic period of English history will never look quite the same again.
London Times
This is Reformation history as it should be written, learned, argumentative, and ...never for a moment dull.
MacCulloch's enviable ease in unraveling complex theological and political positions...makes this a formidable achievement.
London Times
This is Reformation history as it should be written, learned, argumentative, and never for a moment dull.
Library Journal
Award-winning author MacCulloch (Thomas Cranmer: A Life) has written an interesting and informative study of the six years the young Edward VI spent on the throne after the death of his notorious father Henry VIII. Only nine when he came to power in 1547, the young king is often overlooked, sandwiched as he was between his infamous father and two extraordinary sisters, "Bloody" Mary and Elizabeth I. Edward was every bit as intelligent as his sisters, and his religious convictions were as inflexible as those of the formidable Mary. Indeed, the author makes a point of following up any description of atrocities committed in Edward's reign with the information that Mary did worse. The boy king who tried to bypass his sisters and put the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey on the throne in their stead is a worthy subject of this enjoyable and very readable book. The subject, however, is not one of universal interest, recommending this book for academic libraries with collections in the area of English history and the Reformation. Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
During his six-year reign, the boy-king Edward VI spearheaded a religious revolution that lead to the Protestant Reformation. This study highlights the significance of Edward's reign, looking at the life and beliefs of the young king and of the politicians around him. It describes the crisis of 1549 that brought about the overthrow of the King's uncle and Lord Protector, the Duke of Somerset, and continues the story after Edward's death, with the reigns of his half- sisters Elizabeth and Mary. Includes b&w historical illustrations. MacCulloch is a fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, and professor of the history of the church at Oxford University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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“MacCulloch's enviable ease in unraveling complex theological and political positions ... makes this a formidable achievement. A dramatic period of English history will never look quite the same again.” —The Independent

“This is Reformation history as it should be written, learned, argumentative, and ... never for a moment dull.” —The London Times

“Award-winning author MacCulloch has written an interesting and informative study...enjoyable and very readable book.” —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520234024
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 852,291
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Diarmaid MacCulloch is a Fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, and Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His books include Suffolk and the Tudors (1986), The Later Reformation in England, 1547-1603 (1990); The Reign of Henry VIII: Politics, Policy and Piety (1995); and Thomas Cranmer: A Life (1996).

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Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae

• King Josiah: Purifying the Realm

• King Solomon: Building the Temple

• The Afterlife of the Edwardian Reformation

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